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Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CRICKET TOM HORS­FIELD

BOLLING­TON con­tin­ued their win­ning mo­men­tum fol­low­ing their first vic­tory of the sea­son last week when they made the trip to Chea­dle Hulme.

It proved a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon for both sides early on as the weather en­sured sev­eral stop­pages in play, nei­ther side able to seize the ini­tia­tive.

The stop­pages saw the match re­duced to 78 overs. Chea­dle Hulme had won the toss, and un­sur­pris­ingly choose to field first, a de­ci­sion which im­me­di­ately proved suc­cess­ful as the ex-Bolling­ton bowler Mo Ali re­moved Harri Dickinson for just two to give the home side the early ad­van­tage.

A tidy part­ner­ship be­tween Rick Hough and Nathan Edgar stead­ied pro­ceed­ings as a calm and com­posed in­nings saw the away side pass 50 af­ter 20 overs.

With the re­duced over im­pact­ing the im­pe­tus of the match, Bolling­ton needed to kick on and there was some great run­ning be­tween the wick­ets un­til Edgar pushed for one to many as he was ran out for 29.

Jake Dickinson (8) made his re­turn fol­low­ing a short spell away from the club and hit a cou­ple of bound­aries be­fore los­ing his wicket in the mid­dle overs.

South African Kip­pie was next in and im­me­di­ately crashed sev­eral bound­aries to carry Bolling­ton to 100 of 27 overs, and gave the away side a great ad­van­tage.

Hough soon brought up his first 50 of the sea­son with yet an­other con­trolled dis­play of bat­ting, closely fol­lowed by Kip­pie who scored at more than one run a ball for his half cen­tury.

Both bats­men con­tin­ued to score freely as the run rate was ever in­creas- ing as the two sides passed the 150 mark af­ter the 34th over.

Kip­pie was then bowled for 66 and saw the away side just five runs away from the 200 mark, and max­i­mum bat­ting points.

Hough took his side over the mark with a grace­ful 86 not out, be­fore declar­ing his side with a score of 204 off 42 overs.

Chea­dle Hulme’s in­nings was very stop start af­ter tea, as the rain clouds came in and saw both sides wait­ing for it to clear up.

The sides got back on and Bolling­ton took the early ad­van­tage as Kip­pie took is first wicket of the af­ter­noon fol­low­ing a su­perb div­ing catch from Hors­field in the slips.

Dickinson also joined pro­ceed­ings, re­mov­ing the other Chea­dle Hulme opener, this time caught in the slips by Plant, which saw the away side with the early ad­van­tage at 2-2 af­ter two overs.

Both open­ing bowlers con­tin­ued to ter­rorise as the home team could not get on top of the at­tack and wick­ets fell as the overs passed. Kip­pie (4-14) took three more wick­ets in suc­ces­sive overs and Dickinson (2-20) took one more to leave the hosts at 40-6 af­ter 14 overs.

Joe Bin­der con­tin­ued where he left off the pre­vi­ous week, tak­ing a wicket within his first over to leave Bolling­ton need­ing three wick­ets for vic­tory.

An over later, with vic­tory look­ing al­most guar­an­teed, the heav­ens opened once more, which proved to be the last play in the game as the visi­tors came ag­o­nis­ingly close to vic­tory. An­other great per­for­mance from Bolling­ton sees them sit in sixth po­si­tion at this early point in the sea­son.

The fol­low­ing day saw a re­peat of the 2015 Cheshire Shield Fi­nal as Bolling­ton hosted Tim­per­ley in the first round of the Cheshire Cup. The home side bat­ted first first scor- ing 204, whilst the visi­tors could only man­age 180 and saw Bolling­ton through to the next round. Edgar with a half cen­tury for the hosts was the pick of the per­form­ers.

●● Mac­cles­field CC was among sev­eral clubs whose games fell vic­tim to the week­end weather

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